Pilot INQUIRE course manual   |   pdf

17/08/12  |  pdf

Pilot INQUIRE course manual

Read the Pilot INQUIRE course manual to get an overview of what Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) is about and how you can develop your practice in IBSE by attending an INQUIRE course. The Pilot INQUIRE course manual has been designed to support teachers and educators who participate in the training courses in the school year 2011-2012.

The manual is structured in three parts: Part one provides background information on IBSE methodology, highlighting its strengths and benefits as well as the barriers and solutions to its implementation. Practical examples and case studies complete this section which includes an overview of other relevant IBSE projects in the national and European context.

Part two guides participants through the planned course modules, detailing for each module specific aims and outcomes, topics and curricular links, the focus of scientific inquiry, the skills to be developed, timing, session sequence and resources. This section also includes details on practical aspects of course implementation such prerequisites, preparation for each session, health and safety and the use of the project website and relevant social media. A brief overview of the course structure and module sequence in other countries completes this section.

Part three of this manual focuses on assessment and evaluation, introducing the concept of a community of practice and promoting continuous reflective practice during teaching. It provides a guide to self evaluation, illustrating ready-to-go techniques for evaluation and data collection as well as introducing a framework for formative and summative assessment and action research.

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